When Those in Power Invite Us to Learn the Wrong Lessons from Nelson Mandela

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 2:21 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry, during a press conference yesterday in Israel, said a lesson Nelson Mandela taught him was that it “always seems impossible until it is done.” He told reporters that he considered it appropriate to “think about that in the context of the work that I’ve been doing here in the last [...]

A Year of Occupy

By: Monday September 17, 2012 12:18 am

During a rally for the Chicago teachers union on September 15, a representative from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) introduces the president, Karen Lewis, who has led the fight for a fair contract and better conditions for students in schools. He says she taught everyone, including himself, that there’s power in the 99%. A [...]

London Riots: A Symptom of the ‘Burning’ & ‘Looting’ of UK Public Services

By: Tuesday August 9, 2011 6:21 pm

Birmingham – Tuesday (photo: Beacon Radio) Riots have gripped London for the past four nights and, as communities attempt to clean up, there is increased tension and the possibility of more property damage. Last night, a Sony warehouse was destroyed in a blazing fire. BBC News broadcast images, which would elicit a visceral reaction from [...]

US Lacks Credibility to Help Syrian Protesters

By: Monday August 8, 2011 2:00 pm

(photo: USAID ) What continues to unfold in Syria is a massive crime against humanity. The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the violations against human rights and use force against civilians by President Bashar al Assad’s regime. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports Syrian security forces recently mounted an assault on Deir ex-Zor. [...]

Debt Ceiling Deal Trickery: A Catalyst for an Uprising?

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 5:10 pm

The outcome of the debt ceiling talks is a foregone conclusion. An agreement has been established. The Obama Administration and GOP leaders came together and came up with a deal that would satisfy enough of Republican congressman beholden to the right wing economic libertarian “Tea Party.” Democratic leaders were stuck in the middle, trying to [...]

Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strike Ends: Prison Strike Leaders Declare It a ‘Success’

By: Friday July 22, 2011 10:44 am

(update below) More than three weeks later and after building up great support from activists, academics, celebrities and others in the US and around the world, the leaders of the prison hunger strike in  the Pelican Bay supermax prison have brought an end to their strike and have begun to eat again. They emphasize that [...]

In Support of the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 1:10 pm

Those organizing in support of the Pelican Bay hunger strikers, who are engaging in resistance to call attention to solitary confinement and other prison conditions, have been collecting statements of solidarity from academics, artists, celebrities, political leaders and well-known activists. The activist group World Can’t Wait has posted what they’ve been sent so far. Actress [...]

The Government Clampdown on Anonymous for ‘Operation Avenge Assange’

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 10:21 am

(photo: exiledsurfer ) Widely reported yesterday was the arrest of sixteen individuals alleged to be members of the hacktivist group Anonymous, known engaging in cyber operations for political and social reasons. The FBI raided homes seizing computers and computer-related accessories. The Justice Department claimed fourteen of the individuals had been part of the distributed denial [...]

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Continues as Prisoners Reject Proposal

By: Saturday July 16, 2011 1:15 pm

There will be much more to report on this on Monday, but here is some news on the prisoner hunger strike at Pelican Bay. The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS) coalition reports: This afternoon leaders of the Pelican Bay hunger strike unanimously rejected a proposal from the [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] to end [...]

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